About us

Established in 2011

Hardshell is a leading manufacturer based in Cardiff, South Wales, UK. Our mission is to increase the UK’s mask-making capabilities to help protect the lives of patients, health care staff, key workers and the public against COVID-19.


The company works in collaboration with the Welsh Government, leading research institutes from across the globe alongside regional enterprises to further the innovation of the next generation of life-saving PPE products. The primary objective of Hardshell UK is to create a resilient supply of PPE that is sustainable in the event of another crisis. The company produces the raw materials for the masks in its facility in Cardiff, thereby shortening the supply chains and focusing on sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint.


Hardshell has turned into an agile PPE manufacturer by producing melt-blown fabric at the same facility. The company has also taken a step towards to self-sufficiency by establishing an advanced in-house testing facility. A series of tests for filtration effectiveness, breathability, splash resistance, and face-fit are performed in this specialised testing laboratory. This valuable capability contributes to the quick completion of these extensive testing on the Type IIR, FFP2 and FFP3 masks, ensuring the highest quality standards throughout the manufacturing process.

Hardshell UK LTD

Hardshell has become the leading mask manufacturer in the UK and is now ISO 13485:2016 certified.